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In final debate before Iowa Caucus, Democratic candidates slam Trump's policy on Iran

(JNS)-In the seventh and final Democratic debate before the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 3, hosted on Tuesday by CNN and The Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the six candidates on...

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day observance

On Jan. 27, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center will observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember the innocent six million Jews and millions of...

 

Candidate Dalia al-Aqidi wants to unseat Omar

A Republican Muslim candidate is looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar in the upcoming U.S. elections. Dalia al-Aqidi, an award-winning international journalist and Muslim refugee, announced he...

 

Honoring Penny Goldstein at the Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show

When Penny Goldstein met Nancy Ludin at a Jewish Community Center fundraiser, she was new in Central Florida. Nancy offered her a warm invitation to meet other Jewish women through the Friends of the...

 

Justin Bachman's Living Loud: Can you hear it?

On Feb. 4, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., speaker Justin Bachman will be presenting his program to the students enrolled in the Holocaust Center's UpStanders program. This evening presentation is an...

 

Join JFS Orlando for Coffee Connections

Looking to volunteer, partner, or just learn more about Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando? On Thursday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m.—9 a.m. JFS Orlando will host its first Coffee Connections of 2020. The morning will include a tour of its support...

 

Coming up at The Roth Family JCC

The Princess Ball—Under the Sea The 11th annual Princess Ball for princesses and mermaids, ages 4 and up, with an adult, will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, from 7 p.m.—9 p.m. at the JCC. There will be dancing, activities, and dessert. Dress as your...

 
 By JTA Staff    Features    January 24, 2020

Philissa Cramer named editor in chief of the JTA

NEW YORK (JTA)-Philissa Cramer, a co-founder and editor at large of the award-winning education news organization Chalkbeat, has been named editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Cramer...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 24, 2020

South Dakota governor signs executive order prohibiting Israel boycotts

(JTA)—South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota is the 28th state to have enacted an anti-Israel boycott executive order or...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    January 24, 2020

At the UN, Israel and Russia to jointly mark liberation of Auschwitz

Russian veterans and survivors of infamous Nazi concentration camp will attend a historic event at U.N. headquarters in New York (Israel Hayom via JNS)—In recent months, Israel and Russia have been forging a unique partnership at the United Nations...

 

It's not trivial to know Bethlehem isn't in a non-existent nation

(JNS)—There’s no escaping controversy any time that Israel or the Palestinians are mentioned. That’s a lesson the producers, writers and star of the long-running “Jeopardy!” television game show learned to their detriment when a clue...

 

Why intersectionality fails the Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—Thirty years ago, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality as a way to help explain the oppression of African-American women. The theory of how different forms of discrimination interact is a useful tool to recognize the...

 

The hypocrisy of those who seek to boycott Israel

(JNS)—The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions zealots targeted yet another academic institution to promote their hate-filled agenda against the Jewish state. It began in August 2019, when a group of professors within the “Foundations of Political...

 

For God's sake, wake up

Confronting anti-Semitism requires empowering the next generation with knowledge and Jewish wisdom that engenders Jewish pride and strength. There was an attack on Jews in New York almost every day last week. I hear about children crying that they...

 

Wearing your natural curls is an act of Jewish resistance

NEW YORK (JTA)—For centuries, anti-Semites have fetishized Jewish appearance. Using tedious racist tropes—be it smell, hooked noses, curly hair or traditional garb—anti-Semites label Jews as grotesque and have constructed a particular Jewish...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 

A decade ago, linking Israel's founding to the Holocaust started a firestorm-today it's accepted

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A decade ago, in a speech in Cairo addressing the Islamic world, President Barack Obama issued a call to understand Israel’s importance in the context of the Holocaust—and it started a political firestorm in the world of...

 

The value of character education

Jewish Academy of Orlando launched Positive Education, a character education program across all grades. This program is introducing students, teachers and the JAO community to the language of...

 

Are you a Friend of the Jewish Pavilion?

Once a month on a Monday, a group of women get together to plan events, discuss success, improve processes, tell touching volunteer stories and share jokes and tears of laughter. This group is called the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion. This diverse...

 

StandWithUs leadership opportunities for teens

Do you know a high school student who wants to share a love of Israel with his or her community and gain valuable leadership experience at the same time? Tell them to apply for a position on the StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council. Visit...

 

Jewish National Fund Breakfast for Israel

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Alon Ben-Gurion, grandson of David Ben-Gurion, will be the featured guest speaker at JNF’s Breakfast for Israel. The event will be held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, 350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs....

 

Scene Around

A very sad announcement... Walter "Sky" Goldstein one of the staff of the Jewish Pavilion, beloved by all, has passed away. He touched so many people's hearts. He surely will be missed. Before he...

 

Jason Greenblatt, Trump's former Middle East negotiator, isn't sure that Israelis and Palestinians are ready for peace

TEANECK, N.J. (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's former Middle East negotiator, made his first public speech since leaving the White House on Sunday night. Greenblatt, 52, who worked as...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 24, 2020

NAACP suspends official

NEW YORK (JTA)-A local NAACP official in New Jersey has been suspended from his position for six months after giving a speech castigating Orthodox Jews in Jersey City and the largely Jewish city of...

 

Oscars 2020: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

(JTA)—The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media. The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race...

 

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